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Team Big Red Camaro, the team that supports The Original Outlaw Racer, will auction its 2015 “Big Red Edition Z/28” Camaro on April 16, 2016 at Mecum Auctions in Houston. The sale will benefit the Ride 2 Recovery veteran’s charity.
Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) is a groundbreaking veterans program that saves lives by restoring hope and purpose. Its mission is to enhance, inspire and challenge healing heroes’ recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration by introducing them to a program that allows each person to set individual goals while working in a group. R2R provides this critical evidence-based, life-changing recovery through cycling and other support that has proven to improve the overall mental and physical health and well-being of our healing heroes.
Over the last nine months, Team Big Red Camaro has committed to building a modern Camaro to emulate the speed and “badassery” of The Original Outlaw Racer, Big Red. The original Big Red Camaro is an iconic 1969 Camaro Z/28, known to many for fathering what is now called, “Pro-Touring.” Most recently the ’69 Camaro set a high water mark for any and all first Generation Camaros with an official recorded top speed of 251.8 MPH at the Mojave 1.5 Mile Runway Challenge. Since 1988, when Hot Rod magazine dubbed Big Red “The Baddest Camaro Ever,” Owner/Driver R.J. Gottlieb has made it his purpose to keep the car an apex predator in the world of Unlimited Outlaw Racing.
“When we decided to do this build for the charity Ride 2 Recovery, we set out to choose the best products available for the modern Z/28, in order to pay tribute to the car I have raced since I was 17 years old,” said Gottlieb. “It was important to me, my family and the team that we make the Big Red Edition Camaro live up to the original car in every way possible. We are grateful to the many people and companies who’ve assisted us with this effort and we are proud of the results.”
There is no doubt that everyone involved in this project would love to keep the Big Red Edition Camaro, (and drive the snot out of it) the hope is that this car will fetch a handsome price at auction from a worthy bidder and the benefit to Ride2Recovery will enable them to carry on providing amazing services for American veterans for years to come.
About the Build and Design
FORGELINE WHEELS: Custom, handmade one-of-a-kind wheels were built by industry-leader Forgeline Wheels to both emulate and modernize the iconic gold wheels of the original Big Red. www.forgeline.com
STREET LEGAL PERFORMANCE: The first production supercharger for the 7.0 liter LS Camaro power plant was engineered and provided by Street Legal Performance (SLP), known for their decades of commitment to providing performance parts. www.slponline.com
UMI PERFORMANCE: Quickly rising in the ranks of performance suspension offerings, UMI provided a full rear suspension kit including tie rods, trailing arms and tunnel brace. www.umiperformance.com
TIRE RACK: New Pirelli Trofeo R tires were provided by Tire Rack and fitted to the new custom Forgeline wheels.
HILLBANK MOTOR CORP.: This car would not be here if it were not for the generous contribution of time, space and labor from our friends at Hillbank. www.hillbankmotorsports.com
DESIGNER AUTO ACCESSORIES: The entire interior of the Big Red Edition car was envisioned and voted on by the fans of Big Red via social media. With painstaking attention to detail, the ideas were then carried out by designer Gary Disney from floor to headliner, even the shifter knob.
The car was displayed at the 2015 SEMA Show, November 3-6, and will be setting out on a 2016 promotional tour to the West Coast that will include Goodguys 16th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals April 1-3 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California.